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YES announce 50th Anniversary UK tour (2018)


Story by Jack Foley

YES, one of the biggest bands in prog-rock history, are to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a 10-date UK tour next March – #YES50.

YES [Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood] will feature not only many of the band’‘s classic hits but performances of sides 1 and 4 and an excerpt from Side 3 of their 1973 album Tales from Topographic Oceans, which was the first Yes album to top the UK album charts.

YES will also play some European shows.

The final weekend of the UK tour at the London Palladium on March 24 and 25 will include a 50th Anniversary fan convention.

Roger Dean (whose fantastical landscapes have become synonymous with the band’‘s albums) will unveil new “Close To The Edge” paintings at the Palladium on March 25.

YES, deservedly inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in April 2017, will release “Topographic Drama – Live Across America”, a new live album, planned for later in the year, recorded during their US 2016/17 tours.

Talking about their 50th Anniversary, Steve Howe said: ““We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best loved work – we want to play things we enjoy, maybe songs we haven’‘t done in a while.””

Geoff Downes adds: ““I feel enormously privileged be a part of the legacy of the incredible and unique line of musicians in YES. The band has always remained fresh and inventive throughout its 50-year history, and created an amazing catalogue of music that has inspired millions from all generations.”

The tour dates are (all March 2018)

13 – Bristol Colston Hall
14 – Sheffield City Hall
16 – Glasgow SEC Armadillo
17 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
18 – Gateshead Sage
20 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
21 – Brighton Centre
23 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
24 & 25 – London Palladium
27 – Tilburg 013
28 – Antwerp De Roma
30 – Paris Olympia

UK Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 8 from 10am.